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Paris-Nice (5) - Pasqualon : « Happy about the result despite my feeling »

Paris-Nice (5) - Pasqualon : « Happy about the result despite my feeling »

The longest day at Paris-Nice (2.WT, 8-15/03) offered a transition towards the climbs in the south this Thursday. The 227 kilometers from Gannat (Allier) to La Côte Saint-André (Isère) were animated by a four man breakaway. The last escapee, Jan Tratnik, was only caught in the final hectometers. In the peloton, the teams of the favorites controlled the pace, before gearing up after the last climbs in the Rhône région, with 60 kilometer to go. Finally, Niccolo Bonifazio won in a sprint, with Andrea Pasqualon finishing in 6th place. Fabien Doubeyclimbs to 21st position in the provisional general classification, before the first medium mountain stage. This sixth stage between Sorgues and Apt, in the Vaucluse, contains six categorized climbs.

Andrea Pasqualon :
« It was a long stage, with a very strong breakaway. The 70 final kilometers were very fast in the peloton as well, because if we wanted a sprint, we had to ride. I've given all I had, but I didn't really have a good feeling today. Maybe because of the bike or position switch after the time trial. »

« The team worked well, especially Meurisse, Doubey and in the final Boy Van Poppel. Considering my day and the final, this is not a bad result. I finished 6th, among the best sprinters in the world... Tomorrow, a rough stage is awaiting us. But with a better feeling than today, I can maybe follow on the climbs and be present in the final. »

Stage 5:
1.Niccolo Bonifazio
2.Ivan Garcia Cortina
3.Peter Sagan
6.Andrea Pasqualon
29.Xandro Meurisse
45.Fabien Doubey
66.Boy van Poppel
87.Aimé De Gendt +1:10
99.Pieter Vanspeybrouck +4:09
101.Tom Devriendt

Provisional general classification:
1.Maximilian Schachmann
2.Soren Kragh Andersen +0:58
3.Felix Grossschartner +1:01
21.Fabien Doubey +2:15
39.Andrea Pasqualon +5:37
61.Aimé De Gendt +11:42
71.Xandro Meurisse +13:55
88.Pieter Vanspeybrouck +20:00
107.Boy van Poppel +26:27
114.Tom Devriendt +32:35